This winter, as I was organizing my flat files, I came across a wonderful bunch if vintage seed and plant catalogs.
The graphics intrigued me, they are an artistic travel through time. Each tell a story of what was happening in this country when the catalogs were printed. I just could not resist putting these images on everything I make. The winter months went by much faster as I was dreaming about my garden.
I think Sweet Peas were a very popular flower, there are so many catalog covers with them on it, one of my favorite I put on a night light. This one was on a Burpee catalog from 1898.
David Landreth was the first person to produce a mail order seed catalog in the USA. The art of hand drawn catalog covers have been replace by the camera. The photos are beautiful, but pen and ink are my preference.
I love to garden, having my hands in the earth is a pleasure I share with millions. My dogs like to help me with it as well, they dig and I plant. How perfect.
Seed catalogs start arriving in early fall and are all in a basket waiting for the long winter days.
My friend Margaret, from A Way to Garden has been talking about them for a while.
This year I have decided to order only Nasturtiums and Morning Glories in as many colors and types I can find. The white picket fence in front of my yard will be filled with lots of color.
Enjoy your journey through my seed catalog collection.
Hope they make you smile.